Well here I am. If you haven't visited me before, welcome to "Musings of the Puppet Lady." My name is Janet and I live in Buckinghamshire in the UK.
I call myself the Puppet Lady because a few years ago I started to knit puppets for a charity called Operation Christmas Child, which sends gift filled shoeboxes to underprivileged children worldwide at Christmas. To begin with I knitted two or three puppets, and gave them to a lady that I had been told was running this charity in my area. The following year she invited me to come along and help out, which I did. I was very impressed when I saw the amount of charity knitting that was used by this charity to fill the shoeboxes - in particular I remember seeing large bin-bags full of dozens of knitted hats. It made my contribution look rather paltry, and I decided that the following year, I would knit more - maybe even a bin-bag full!
So I set myself a target of knitting 100 puppets in a year. And I have now been doing that since 2009. That's 500 puppets in total. My only rule is that every puppet has to be different! You can see all these puppets if you visit my Puppet Archive page. Over the years I have invented a few special puppets and have written up patterns for them on this blog, which you can find on the Patterns page. I now display a picture of my latest puppet at the top of my sidebar. I find it keeps me motivated to keep knitting, and have already made 12 this year, which is probably a record!
Over time I became more and more involved with Operation Christmas Child, and with the running of a Craft Group, which meets each month to make craft items for the shoeboxes. After a couple of years the lady that organised the appeal in my area moved away and I took over running the charity from her, along with another good friend. I try to post the ideas and activities that we come up with in the craft group, and share these also on other media like Pinterest, Ravelry and Facebook.
My other pastimes include music (I sing in the chorus of a local Philharmonic Society and we are lucky enough to have a super full-strength Orchestra to accompany us.) I also enjoy walking, gardening, cooking, photography, going to the gym, reading and other needlecrafts, and from time to time I share these bits and pieces of my life on this blog.
A couple of years ago my husband and I decided it was time to explore a bit further afield than our immediate local area, and so set ourselves a goal of walking a new stretch of the Thames Path every month. We are still in the process of doing this, and have covered about two thirds of the 184 mile path so far. I try to record each walk in a blog post, although I do have a bit of a backlog, dating back almost two years! But since so many stretches of the Thames are now too flooded to walk, I will be able to go back and catch up over the next few months!
Thank you for visiting me and I hope that if you find something here that interests you, you will become a follower of 'Musings of the Puppet Lady'. Thank you also to Vicki for hosting this blogging event.